Saturday, January 26, 2008

The perfect gift for the Bartleby in your life?

Okay. I'll bite. To those of you who reached this site by searching for "desk accessory for bartleby the scrivener" (11 of you this month), "bartleby the scrivener desk accessory" (5), "bartleby scrivener desk accessory" (2), "bartleby the scrivener, a desk accessory" (1): what was it you were looking for?

I apologize if this query, which is sure to draw even more of you searchers to this site fruitlessly, is somewhat of a violation of the unwritten rules of the Internet, but you've really piqued my curiousit. I've now done a fair amount of searching myself trying to figure it out, but I've gotten nowhere, so I'm left helplessly trying to imagine what Bartleby might have needed on his desk.


  1. Bartleby the Scrivener desk accessory: a little sign reading "I would prefer not to" that one could point to when asked to do something. Quick, Levi, get into production on these -- there's obviously a demand.

  2. Anonymous5:34 PM

    "Desk accessory for Bartleby the Scrivener" was a clue in the New York Times Magazine acrostic on January 6.

  3. Oh, thank you, anonymous!

    Though I will admit to being disappointed to learn that Jim's assessment may have been too optimistic: looks like there may not be a market for Bartleby merchandise after all.